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Mike has already told us that this actually doesn't generate that much revenue. Besides, the regular TD reader is usually tech savvy and will be using adblockers. I do.
Techdirt would pretty much run it's course and disappear unless there is some other means of support that isn't visible.
Insider shop? Consulting the company does exactly because TD has become that famous? It's not a surprise to see you talking as if you've just arrived here but for the Mother of God...
More and more sites are moving towards "advertising articles" or adverpostings to pay the bills.
Yes and people are actively avoiding those articles. And eventually the site altogether. I've dropped one already because of this shit.
Ad blockers may succeed in blocking out banner ads and video ads. However, that appears to be leading to content being subverted and turned into advertising. Over time, it may get hard to tell what is and what is not an ad.
Eventually the inevitable abuse that will happen will either drive users away of the abusers or spawn the next generation of adblockers. The current state of affairs is just a symptom of the systematic abuse by advertisers in general.
And I do believe ads would generate more money and be more valuable to companies in general if they weren't diluted by the widespread abuse.
Actually, this guy would be a n00b compared to Hitler. The latter had such an eloquent way of speaking from what we get from history that he could convince you that what the 3rd Reich was doing was a-ok with Human Rights. The question here is how many the sweet words manage to reach. In a post 1st WW Germany deep in economic woes he had a very willing audience. Desperation and ignorance provide quite a lot of maneuvering over the masses. How many did this CEO actually convince?
I've been reading quite a few dudes that, like me, think that the stock market is poisoning progress and innovation because it values short-term profits way too much over long-term ones even if these immediate profits end up costing the company much more in the future. I recently read that Dell went backwards and actually CLOSED its capital and it actually helped the company take bolder steps that are pointing at much better resilience in the long term.
Wall Street and the likes are a cancer. No wonder it attracts all sorts of psychopaths.
Agreed. I wouldn't put a time limit for editions that change a few letters. But even with a time limit the original should remain available (with errors and all). Some trolls would surely abuse the tool even with a time limit so always keeping the original available is a good idea.
“I personally think that this is an issue that should be decided by the American people and Congress, not by companies,”
Read that using historical lenses and you'll quickly see the truth behind it. When he sais "decided by American people" it's just him pretending to care because ultimately the goal is to let "Congress" decide (because people obviously voted, right, right?). And by Congress he means the ones AT&T bought or those ignorant enough to fight against encryption (arguing for backdoors is essentially arguing for no encryption). And I honestly believe there is less than a handful of really ignorant people in the Congress.
In an age where reblogging, reposting, retweeting and sharing is increasingly common this is an issue indeed. I have this habit of following stuff that don't fall in line with my views even if they are very wrong. For instance a page in facebook that is far right to the point of advocating totalitarianism as a solution to the problems of the country. I don't agree with it and I think the ones running the page are assholes but I follow it to 'know the enemy', know their reach and their reasoning. It would be like following the MPAA to keep in touch with copyright abuses or the KKK to keep in touch with their craziness or even ISIS for the same reason. It's not that I condone these people, it's that we are better off reading dissenting opinions (these would be the extreme opposite of course.
And the way things are going now this is very worrying because following some ISIS page could get me in the wrong lights to our scaredy, overzealous law enforcement.
The cable and broadcast industry is caught in a death spiral it can't seem to escape.
Where have we seen companies getting hit with the future and drowning in their own incompetence before instead of seizing the opportunity to listen to what the people want and be goddamn successful again?